Past Meetup

SimpleR tricks and tools

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Level 11, 550 Bourke Street · Melbourne

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Prof Rob J Hyndman has used R and its predecessors (S and S+) almost every working day (and some weekends) for the past 25 years. He thought it might be helpful to discuss some of what he has learned and the tricks and tools that he uses. Topics to be discussed will possibly include:

Finding the right R function or package. With more than 4000 R packages now on CRAN, it can be hard to find what you want. Getting R help Debugging R functions R style guides Making good use of Rprofiles. Having a good R workflow Version control facilities Using R with LaTeX (without using sweave or knitr) Turning functions into packages Rob J Hyndman is Professor of Statistics at Monash University and Director of the Monash University Business and Economic Forecasting Unit. He completed a science degree at the University of Melbourne in 1988 and a PhD on nonlinear time series modelling at the same university in 1992. He has worked at the University of Melbourne, Colorado State University, the Australian National University and Monash University. Rob is Editor-in-Chief of the “International Journal of Forecasting” and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. He has written over 100 research papers in statistical science. In 2007, he received the Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to statistical research. Rob is co-author of the well-known textbook “Forecasting: methods and applications” (Wiley, 3rd ed., 1998) and of the book “Forecasting with exponential smoothing: the state space approach” (Springer, 2008). He is also the author of the widely-used “forecast” package for R. For over 25 years, Rob has maintained an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organizations on forecasting problems. His recent consulting work has involved forecasting electricity demand, tourism demand and the Australian government health budget. More information is available on his website at (